Recruiting: Bryant Balks On Halftime Decision

There was speculation that wide receiver Dez Bryant (6-1, 200, 4.55) of Lufkin, Texas, was going to make a decision on his future college at halftime of the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday night. Bryant disappointed the ESPNU audience by doing a no-show for the halftime announcements, but he didn't disappoint in the game.

Bryant, playing for his high school coach John Outlaw and in the offense he knows so well from Lufkin, caught a fade stop route for a 31-yard gain from future USC quarterback Aaron Corp. He later added a 17-yard catch on a hitch route, and finished a strong first half with a leaping touchdown grab from Corp.

By all accounts, including his coach Outlaw, Bryant has been spectacular all week in Fort Lauderdale. Bryant has a recruiting coach in Brooke Stafford that is helping him through the recruiting process. Stafford has said that right now Bryant is still high on Oklahoma State, LSU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

All four schools that have been recruiting Bryant hard from the start and have stayed with him despite reports he will have trouble qualifying. Stafford also said some of those reports on Bryant's academic situation are exaggerated and that he is actually closer to making qualifying status than most believe.

Bryant is slated to take an official visit to Oklahoma State in January.

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